URA’s new high-rise scheme will destroy historic neighbourhood
The Staunton Street, Shing Wong Street and Wing Lee Street neighbourhood is one of the most historic areas in the Central/Sheung Wan District with low-rise tenements, terraces, lanes and stepped streets. Since 2008, the Urban Renewal Authority (URA) has been buying properties in this area for a large urban redevelopment scheme known as H19. In 2011, the Government removed Wing Lee Street from the redevelopment scheme. In 2013, the URA announced it would preserve the tenement building at Nos. 88-90 Staunton Street and build a 13-storey medium-rise along Shing Wong Street to preserve the neighbourhood’s character. Now, the URA has put forward a new scheme which will pull down Nos. 88-90 Staunton Street and all tenements within the redevelopment area, and build two (20+ storeys) high-rise residential/commercial towers in our historic neighbourhood.
* This is the second-round consultation and a great opportunity to oppose the URA’s redevelopment scheme in Old Town Central. If you signed before, you can sign again to express your strong objection to the Town Planning Board. All your comments will be considered.